Christmas comes in all shapes and the Trees of Enchantment at the Union County Heritage Museum offer different styles and eras of decorations. Different clubs and organizations have each taken different approaches to the trees that are in the galleries and halls this holiday season.
One tree, decorated by the Tallahatchie Arts Council, not only has handmade ornaments crafted by the council members, they are for sale to benefit the council and their community activities. Burlap made into the state of Mississippi, pine cones morphed with personality, beaded wire and wood, everything from the abstract to the traditional. Prices on the ornaments start at $5.
Other “enchanted” trees include a New Century Club tree that is decorated with club’s annual books dating to the early 1900s. Ann Holmes and Mary Libby Harrison took the handmade books and a gold and green motif, with plenty of glitz and created a lovely tree that tells a story of New Albany ‘s longest continually meeting ladies club.
The Breast Cancer Awareness Tree is full of pink sparkle. The Baptist Memorial Hospital Radiology Department decorated the tree and if visitors have the opportunity of writing names on bells and placing them on the tree in memory and honor of breast cancer victims.
UNITE decorated a tree in traditional red and green with brightly wrapped packages symbolic of the gifts that UNITE gives back to organizations in the community.
The New Albany Pilot Club created snowflakes to create a shimmering white and tinsel tree.
Master Gardeners of Union County used agricultural products such as cotton and soybeans as well as flowers with burlap ribbon and dried hydrangeas and okra pods to produce a tree that is symbolic and beautiful.
The Tea Time Tree was created from porcelain dolls from a collection of Sherra Owen, complete with matching cups and linen and lace handkerchiefs. The dolls are dressed in traditional and international clothing.
Eloise Bennett’s handmade corn shuck creations decorate a tree that has a country flavor. The dolls are dressed in scraps and some have dyed shucks as clothing. There is also a corn shuck nativity scene created by Bennett.
The museum’s traditional Mid Century Tree is complete with bubble lights and Radko ornaments as well as other glass ornaments that have been collected through the years. A scavenger hunt on the Memory Tree is great fun for kids who have the chance to find the hidden ornament in a tree completely and fully covered with ornaments from many styles and times.
The Gingerbread Gallery is filled with gingerbread creations from the New Albany High School Culinary Arts Class and the walls are filled with Middle School Art. So there is a lot to see at your museum, stop by during the holidays and bring your family. Hours are Tuesday through Friday 9 – 4 and Saturday 10 – 3. For more information call the museum at 662-538-0014. Find us on Facebook.
Museum filled with ‘enchanted’ trees
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